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Charlie Sheen Praises New Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen tuned into the season premiere of Two and a Half Men, the show he used to spearhead. He was one of the 27.8 million viewers to watch as season 9 kicked off with a bang. But Charlie had no grudging words to say to new star Ashton Kutcher, hailing him as “terrific” in the new season.

Sheen had all round praise for the show, and especially for former co-star Jon Cryer. Sheen told Access Hollywood, “Jon is Jon. He’s a freaking genius. I think [the show has] got a real shot. It felt like a pilot. It felt like a really good pilot.”

“It was a little bizarre watching it”, Sheen admitted, “but yeah, for the most part I was really impressed with what they did.”

Death by train killed off Charlie’s character. “That’s got to be the highest attended funeral of all time,” he joked. “And it’s interesting because I’m doing [a] film with Roman Coppola and there is a funeral scene in that. So I’m a guy that’s gonna have to survive my own funeral twice in the same year!”

Sheen appears to be happy, and why wouldn’t he be? Especially now that his TV career is back on track with his new show Anger Management now confirmed.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Sneak Peek

With How I Met Your Mother season 7 just around the corner, and many mysteries to be revealed, there is no doubt that it has the makings to be legen…wait for it…dary! The Smoovie takes a look at what to expect from the upcoming season.

 

Barney’s Wedding

The shocker at the end of season 6 had to be that Barney, author of the elaborate Playbook, and a prolific record of over 200 women bedded, finally settles down as the last season ended on the elusive wedding. But who is the bride? That is the question.

Robin and Nora are the two most obvious choices, but Craig Thomas, one of the producers throws a spanner in the works. Talking to IGN he said: “Don’t assume we are beyond or above doing a little bit of Mamma Mia in Season 7 of How I Met Your Mother. There will be some choices. I’ll say this, officially: We will meet who Barney is marrying in Season 7. We’re not going to string that along. Because we were very vague when that wedding day is – we said, ‘It’s a little ways down the road.’ We will learn who it is in Season 7. It’s the big central question, though there are many, many new questions.”

Co-Producer Carter Bays adds: “We’ll definitely find that out, and we’ll find out a couple of other things along the way.”

It’s all very alluring at the moment and we will be waiting at the edge of our seats to see the outcome.

 

Lily and Marshal’s Baby

After season 6’s back and forth questioning of “is Lilly, or isn’t she pregnant?” Craig Thomas clears things up for season 7.

The plan is set as he explains: “the great thing is a TV season is the length of a pregnancy and Lily’s pregnant in September – in the finale of Season 6, we jumped ahead to September. So we have this mapped out. Our costume designers know exactly which clothes to put her in – in episode 12, we know exactly how pregnant she’ll be. It’s the perfect duration. There’ll be a baby at the end of this year and before the end of this season”.

Another bombshell dropped by the producers, which makes the potential for season 7 to be life changing for all the characters involved.

 

The Mother of the Title

And of course, we cannot forget Ted, in desperate search of his soul mate and the mother of his children, the mystery of the yellow umbrella and its owner will become clear. The only problem is the question of “when”.

How I Met Your Mother has a big two season pick up taking it through to season 8 in spring 2013, so it is doubtful whether we will find out who the mother is before the end of season 8 at least.

 

Final Thoughts

With ongoing in jokes, a network of storylines and a group of wonderful characters, How I Met Your Mother heads into the season 7 premiere with gusto, and hopefully the whole season will continue in this fashion. With some issues needing clearing up, and a two season pickup around the bend, you can be sure that this upcoming season will close some doors, and open many more in the process.

Below is the trailer for How I Met Your Mother season 7:

Sangat TV Heroically Cover Birmingham Riots

Amongst the television coverage of the UK riots last night was Sangat TV (Sky channel 847). Taking broadcast journalism to a new and bizarre level, the Sangat TV team, an independent British-Asian news channel, got to the heart of the action in Birmingham.

Cruising around in the ‘Sangat Mobile’ with a camera, the news crew entered the eye of the storm in the Birmingham riots. An instant of heroism on their part came when they assisted a policeman in catching a rioter, by giving the copper a lift to the criminal. This kind of civilian help was a theme of last night’s riots across the country as residents protected their towns in ‘vigilante’ style’.

There was immense response to Sangat TV last night viewers were full of support. Facebook and Twitter users posted and array of status updates.

One Tweet by @SeetohLang read: “Sangat TV with 1 reporter, 1 driver, and 1 van, have tonight delivered far better reporting than @bbcnews and @skynews put together.”

An inspiring Tweet by @MarkyMarkMB read: “What Sangat TV proved last night is that news isn’t about flashy graphics or technology. It’s about getting out there into the communities.”

Footage from Sangat TV is raw and unadulterated, but it is the very up close and personal nature of this footage that has made it a success. Major news networks such as Sky and Fox News have used some of the recordings.

“@sangattv @howard_scott @neilcocker well done Sangat TV for your amazing brave footage and commentary”, Tweeted @SaqiRoadshow.

This certainly sums up the feeling towards Sangat TV’s outstanding reporting last night and the way that communities have come together to protect against the riots. A very welcome mood indeed.

Below is a clip from Sangat TV footage:

X Factor Hit By Betting Scandal

After being hit by more scandals than the England football team last year, X Factor is back in the news this morning following a betting scam which saw Virgin Media employees using inside knowledge to place £16,000 worth of bets every week last autumn.

The individuals followed phone voting patterns in order to place the unfair bets, but following a tip off from Betfair’s Integrity Unit, the Gambling Commission voided them under the Gambling Act 2005, the first case of its kind under this law.

“Following a multi-agency investigation led by the Gambling Commission, we are satisfied that the bets placed were substantially unfair as the individuals involved had inside information,” said Nick Tofiluk, the Gambling Commission’s director of regulation. “Appropriate action has been taken to prevent a recurrence of such activity in the future.”

The commission quickly ensured that there was “no evidence that the integrity of the public voting or the TV shows involved were compromised”.

Virgin Media emphasised that this was an “isolated incident” and preventative steps would be taken to ensure that this does not happen again. Apparently the employees have now been dismissed.

With this scandal, amongst hazy futures for Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and the make up of the judging panel, The X Factor moves forward tentatively as the new series approaches fast.

(Originally published at onthebox.com)

Piven’s Crowd ‘Know Nothing’ About Two And A Half Men Rumours..

Charlie Sheen’s exit from the hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men is set in stone after clashes with Chuck Lorre and Warner Brothers, revelation of his drug addiction and stories of his wild lifestyle. But who (if anyone) will fill his booze-addled shoes?

Despite suggestions that Charlie may be rehired for the show, Jeremy Piven is a name that appears to be linked to the role of Charlie Harper, although Piven’s rep Stan Rosenfield told E! News: “[Neither Piven] nor anyone who reps him knows anything about this.”

Although it is unclear who will succeed Charlie Sheen, there is no doubt that the wit and vulgarity of Charlie Harper will be hard to recreate.

As well as the uncertainty surrounding the future of Two and a Half Men, there is an unpredictable outlook for Sheen’s career. With three million Twitter fans, a host of t-shirts dedicated to the star, and a new tour across the US called My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option, the expectation and hype around the star is high.

The question is, will Charlie Sheen be able to deliver, or will it be time to go back to his “shrink”, as the trailer for the last episode of Two and a Half Men amusingly highlights?

(This article was originally published at onthebox.com